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Expert critiques CoCT Water Disaster Plan

The City of Cape Town on Wednesday released its critical water shortages disaster plan, which is in three phrases, to avoid acute water shortages.

Professor Anthony Turton, University of Free State's Centre for Environmental Management, believes the city began planning too late considering it has been aware of the problem since 2000.

Turton explained in detail a number of problems Capetonians and businesses might experience in the City's water plan.

As part of Phase 1, the City is planning to reduce water pressure and temporary supply interruptions water in the coming months which Turton thinks might be a bit problematic, especially for businesses.

Pressure reduction is all good and well until your building catches fire and you need water to kill it. Pressure reduction has substantial knock-on effects, particularly for the insurance industry and people who own assets that might go up in smoke.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

Both desalination and wastewater recovery are regarded in this plan only as emergency measures. This I can't understand because both of these are viable options. The technology has proven that it's robust and you can get high-quality water out of those processes but it's also expensive infrastructure...

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

By talking about desalination and waste water recovery as emergency measures you are immediately disadvantaging those technologies by pushing those prices through the roof.

Prof Anthony Turton, expert in water and water provision, UFS

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